Sponge Cities

In this latest article from Janice Kaspersen, from the Stormwater magazine, by Forester Network, one gets a look at “China’s sponge cities” and how they choose to rectify their water related problems of stormwater runoff and flooding.

You may have read recently about China’s “sponge cities.” They’re an approach to what we commonly call green infrastructure—an attempt to reduce flooding and infiltrate stormwater runoff in some of the areas most affected by rapid urbanization. China has spent $12 billion so far—with federal and local governments and private developers all contributing—in about 30 different cities to install measures such as permeable pavements, bioswales, green roofs, and wetlands.

Flooding has become a deadly problem in China, especially in major cities. As this Economist article notes, the country’s urban land has more than doubled in the last 20 years, and cities sometimes expand right into the floodplains. “All this is exacerbated by China’s often impetuous approach to urban planning,” the article continues. “When the planners in charge of Beijing designed its roads a few decades ago, for example, sunken underpasses were chosen over elevated interchanges for the reason that they seemed more appealing visually, as well as being cheaper to build. They have also, as it turns out, become a particular source of sodden misery. Beijing has 149 such underpasses in its urban districts. With inadequate drains and pumps, even a single heavy rain can turn them into swimming pools, bringing traffic to a halt in the process.”

One can view the rest of the article here.

Water Policy Volume 18 Supplement 1 (2016)

Although one usually comes before two, due to some delivery mix-up, we have just received our print version of the Water Policy journal Volume 18 Supplement 1 (official Journal of the World Water Council), after the Supplement 2.

Topics discussed in this issue include water resources management, water pricing, water governance, water rights and river pollution, among others.

 

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Water Policy Journal Volume 18 Supplement 1

Persons wishing to view this document can visit me at my desk or send me an email. Happy reading folks.

Water Policy Volume 17 Number 3 2015

Our print copy of the Water Policy journal (Volume 17 Number 3 2015), the official journal of the World Water Council has been received.

Staff now have access to analyses, reviews, case studies and debates on policy aspects of water resources, in order to build capacity for integrated water management, which depends on dialogue between relevant stakeholders.

This issue provides information on topics such as water reclamation, water environment and economy, water resources, pollution, spatial analysis, water supply, water quality, water recovery, cost recovery, human resources, sanitation, water resources and water needs.

Also included in this issue is a book review on “Federal Rivers – Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems” by Dustin Garrick et al.

Water Policy Volume 17 Number 3 2015
Water Policy Volume 17 Number 3 2015